PHCS News

BLAST Program to Hold Open House for Parents, Professionals

Jan 10, 2012

BLAST, a program that offers innovative social skills classes for children and adolescents who face challenges socializing with their peers, invites the community to an open house on Saturday, January 21, 2012.

BLAST, which stands for Behavior, Learning and Social Training, offers after-school instruction in social cognition, peer interaction skills, conflict resolution and stress management strategies to children and adolescents ages 4 to 17 who can benefit from social, behavioral and pragmatic language therapies. Students are placed in groups based on age, grade, developmental level and social needs.

The young people served by BLAST, a program of Princeton HealthCare System, include those diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (such as Asperger's Syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorder not otherwise specified), attention deficit disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, speech and language delays and disorders, nonverbal learning disorder, bi-polar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, learning disabilities, social deficits, selective mutism, and semantic-pragmatic disorders. Some children and adolescents served by BLAST have no diagnoses at all.

Parents, teachers, pediatricians and other community members are invited to meet our staff and learn more about the program. Refreshments will be served.

DATE:           Saturday, January 21, 2012
TIME:           12 noon to 3 p.m.
LOCATION:  611 Executive Drive, Montgomery Commons, Princeton, N.J.

RSVP to Daniela Kessel, BLAST Program Director, at (609) 430-5500 or dkessel@princetonhcs.org.

For more information, please visit the BLAST website.